Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Bahrain, 2010

BBC and other channels to show F1 in HD in 2011

2011 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Bahrain, 2010
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Bahrain, 2010

Formula One Management has confirmed that all F1 broadcasters will receive high definition feeds in 2011.

This will give F1 broadcasters the choice of offering HD footage to viewers.

Sky Germany announced yesterday it will broadcast in high definition and Australian broadcaster OneHD announced on Twitter its F1 coverage will be in HD.

British host broadcaster BBC is yet to reveal whether it will show F1 in HD but it is likely to having previously indicated it would as soon as FOM offered the feed.

Further details about its 2011 plans are to be published following the change to the commentary team announced yesterday.

Many other mainstream sports have been available in high definition for several years. NASCAR, America’s most popular racing series, has been in HD since 2005.

Has your local broadcaster announced it will broadcast in HD? Let us know in the comments.

Update: BBC announce they will broadcast F1 in HD in 2011. They also confirmed Eddie Jordan will remain on the coverage team.

BBC’s Head of F1 Ben Gallop said:

It?s fantastic that Eddie is rejoining the team, and this year in a more expanded role. He?s such a core character with his outspoken views, unrivalled contacts in the sport and his ability to unearth the stories from the paddock. We?re also delighted to be broadcasting in HD, something we know fans have been waiting for and it will really add something extra to our coverage for 2011.
Ben Gallop

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111 comments on “BBC and other channels to show F1 in HD in 2011”

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  1. Now, I just need to convince my wife we want an HD box…

  2. I care so little I almost passed out ;)

    1. My 12 year old CRT TV joins you in really not giving a .

      My wallet cringes a big every time news like this comes out though. It can’t sustain any more of this capitalistic “progress” :(

      1. Exactly. I mean, I pay a Sky+ subscription and we have bought many televisions over the years (side story: for my 13th birthday I got a TV/VCR combination set, which I thought was the greatest thing in the world, but I asked to have it on the evening before my birthday so I could get up in the middle of the night on the day itself to watch the Australian Grand Prix). Now, I always assumed in giving our money to these various companies, part of it would go to research on better technologies which we could have once they were out. We didn’t pay this money for them to research a great big cash cow, but a service. Until HD subscriptions are standard or I live with more than 2 people, I’m not having one.

  3. HD! Finally! BBC has been fighting for this so hopefully they will show the quality to its maximum and not go cheap…

    As for EJ, I heard that DC will still be around before and after the Grand Prix’s joing Jake and Eddie. Shame really as it is a good opportunity to introduce another ex-driver. Perhaps Johnny Herbert or Anthony Davidson

    1. Davidson is still doing work with Crofty on 5live. I think it was a bit of a missed oppoortunity for the BBC to combine Brundle with the 5live team. Having that team for both TV and Radio would save them money and combine three excellent comentators.

      I cant remember when, but at one point last season Crofy, Davidson, Brundle and Chandok were commentating during a practice session, and that was both extremely insightful and entertaining!

  4. Guys…. any news about TSN Canada?

    F1 is their least priority :-(

    1. Argh, TSN, I feel your pain. Nothing but the race and the podium. At least they split the screen during the commercials though, unlike ITV.

  5. Dan Cadera in Canada
    12th January 2011, 17:53

    Good job BBC, better late than never. If you want to have any shot of making an impression in North America HD is a No-Brainer. I can more easily count the people I know without HD television than ones that due, and that includes my parents and grandparents and we’re just an average middle class family. You can’t even buy a non-HD TV anymore can you?!

    Anyways, the NHL, MLB, NBA, NFL, Nascar and every other sport (including lower level racing like Canadian Rally!) are all in HD over here and it was kinda embarrassing my favorite sport wasn’t.

    Icemangrins: I’m certain TSN will pick it up. Don’t know why they’d sply an SD broadcast on their HD channel when HD is available. If they don’t, we’ll raise a stink! :)

    1. Thanks man

  6. hi there,

    will the BBC HD be available in mainland europe/the netherlands? we only have BBC 1 2 3 and 4.

    1. I have a digital subscription, it includes the (option of) HD channels for all the commercial channels, and for BBC 1 HD (Ziggo, but UPC did as well where I lived until October); but it does, of course, cost extra for digital, and a few euro’s more for HD – but once you are on digital, not all that much, although for Ziggo, the recorder costs extra money for HD.

      I hope RTL 7 will have a good quality feed too, and the Belgian TV might offer quality video.

      1. UPC Holland will add BBC HD starting 30th of march.


        confirmed bij @wijzijnupc on twitter

        Can’t wait!

  7. Will it be in 5.1 ?

    1. Here we go. We’ll want 3D next!

      1. No, just HD & 5.1

  8. This is probably the wrong post for this, but isn’t Martin Brundle still David Coulthard’s manager? Wasn’t it in his best interests therefore to push Legard out of the commentary box and bring DC in – after all DC is probably getting a raise for this and that’s more money in Martin’s back pocket….

  9. I don’t mean to be cynical or anything but this largely means nothing to me.

    I don’t have a HD TV. I don’t have a HD Sky Box.

    I won’t be buying either.

    Fair enough, the picture might be crystal clear to look at but, it has to be said, the picture we had last season and seasons before were perfectly ok.

    I could easily distinguish between a Ferrari and A Mclaren, even between Massa and Button without the need for High Definition.

    I suppose when they don’t make normal TV’s anymore, or when the tv I have blows up, then maybe I’ll consider it but until then non HD F1 will do me quite alright, thank you very much. :)

  10. SPEED in the USA have confirmed they’ll be broadcasting F1 in HD starting in Bahrain:

  11. I’m not enthusiastic about this at all. For those of us who don’t have high definition televisions, HD coverage will only make things worse – I remember the 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was broadcast in HD, and it was terrible. Half the screen was cut off, there was no way to read any of the graphics and a whle myriad of other problems.

    1. Time to get HD then and join the 21st century.

      1. Why does everybody seem to assume that I can simply do this? Every time this topic comes up, people tell me I should just get it, as if money grows on trees. I’m a 24-year-old university student! I have a weekly budget of $220, which has to cover food, accomodation, travel expenses and textbooks. If I’m lucky, I get $50 a fortnight leftover, and that usually has to go towards odds and ends. I simply cannot afford to get HD. Even if I put that $50 a fornight towards getting an HD-capable television set, it would still take me the better part of a year to save enough money. It’s not going to happen any time soon. So it might be easy for you to get HD, but don’t assume that it’s easy for everyone else.

        1. Don’t worry, by 2013 it will be the 3D instead… … So you won’t have to hear that any more.

        2. I’m against it too to be honest. All this HD-TV business is so the boys can sell their big televisons and make plenty of money. They don’t give a toss about our viewing pleasure, they just care about lining their pockets.

          The normal broadcast was fine

          Exactly how much detail are we going to be able to see exactly.

          For the things we don’t see, we have slow mo replays.

        3. BBCone broadcast in both SD and HD. Just watch the former like me and the rest of us students!

          1. I’m not a student but I’ll still refuse to buy one until they’re reasonably priced.

            I ain’t made of money or anything much as I’d like to be!

        4. Relax the video broadcast will be scaled down as to accommodate the non HD sets.

        5. How about getting a job & stop whinning.

      2. Hey! I wouldn’t be so quick to knock a 14 inch CRT TV if that’s all you’ve got and can afford for the time being.

        I upgraded from said TV this year primarily for the F1. Because it was getting impossible to read the on-screen graphics without squinting (they just seemed to get smaller and smaller year by year!).

        Major point though… it took me the best part of 5 years to ‘join the 21st century’

  12. Mr Ben Gallop you are bloody fool. Even people who rarely watch F1 are the first to tell me what a total **** jordan is. I cringe every time he’s on screen but do enjoy how last year it was open season on him in the pitlane, mockery from every direction.

    Really though, the guy is a disgrace, from grabbing a Crown Prince or Emir by the arm to his moments of utter nonsense like “Full marks to Liuzzi” ????? (Abu Dhabi 2010)

    1. Jordan might be a bit of a pain, but at least he’s got personality. I don’t know about you, but I’m not keen on having six identical commentators do all the coverage. That would just be boring.

    2. I like him. And if some of us do, then perhaps he’s ok to stay. It’s not like Legard for christ’s sake!

  13. great to see ONEHD finally broadcasting in.. HD
    but its taken a while.. most other sports are nearly broadcasting in 3D!

  14. The problem is the quantity of the broadcast not the quality. Better coverage is needed not more pixels

    1. Excellent comment.

  15. Sadly makes no difference to me (and I’d suggest still a majority of people) as I don’t have a HD feed despite having all the hardware. In fact I only know one person that has (the sister in-law)

  16. So, reading this it sounds like a lot of Europeans don’t have HD? Over in North America, like pretty much everyone does, especially sports fans.

    If F1 tries to sell to the States with the United States Grand Priz and come out without HD (in 2011!) they have zero chance of success I’m afraid.

    There’s already 3D hockey games broadcast in Canada, HD is old news already. ;)

  17. Scandinavian broadcaster Viasat will be broadcasting in HD starting in Bahrain!

    I’m so psyched!

  18. I think, in 2014, we all we watch in in 3D with 3D glasses on. Lol!

    I’m happy that the BBC will show it in HD, hopefully McLaren doesn’t perform too good… those British can get carried away if they do.

    Very curious of the upcoming car launches and the testing next month. At the moment I’m disappointed that Bahrain has gone back to the old layout.

    Lotus-Renault, 9/10 for their livery!

  19. In The Netherlands the F1 is Broadcasted by RTL, they use commercial brakes during races :S Commantary is very poor, pre-race builup is a gameshow so no we don’t receive F1 in HD in The Netherlands.

    I prefer waching F1 on BBC

    1. i also watch bbc or the belgian broadcast but i wonder if bbc will be in HD or not since we only have bbc 1, 2, 3 and 4 but no BBC HD…

  20. Re: OneHD, you’ve got the wrong ‘breaking news’ tweet :)

    Here’s how it went down:

    Initial answer to 2 of us (+ Mr. Noble) just after Germany’s Sky announcement:!/OneHD/status/24929707724111872

    Followed by a quick “er… are we allowed to mention that yet?” tweet:!/OneHD/status/24953420297281536

    And finally a ‘phew – we’re heroes, not fired’ announcement:!/OneHD/status/24976730192084992


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